I received NEH funding to participate in The Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI), a ten-day residential workshop from June 11 – 20, 2018 at The Graduate Center, CUNY. As a participant, I will develop core computational research skills through hands-on workshops, explore interdisciplinary digital humanities research and teaching with leading DH scholars, and begin developing a version of the DHRI for my own community. Over the following academic year, I will have access to an online network of peers, as well as 20 hours of consultation from CUNY’s experienced staff while I lead my own DHRI at Arkansas State University. I will return to New York in June 2019 to report on my experiences and contribute to a guide to leading DHRIs in a variety of institutional contexts.

Special Issue on Digital Humanities

I am co-editing a Special Issue on Digital Humanities for the Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. Here is the CFP:

The Editors of the Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies invite submissions for a proposed Special Issue on Digital Humanities for our December 2018 publication. The aim of the issue is to examine the digital resources, research methodologies and pedagogical practices that have been developed by scholars working in the fields of Spanish and Portuguese historical studies.

Authors are invited to submit 300-500 word proposals in PDF or Microsoft Word format to editors Andrew H. Lee and Andrea Davis  by 1 May 2018. Submissions in English are preferred; however the BSPHS will also accept submissions in Spanish and Portuguese. All accepted proposal must be submitted in article form (maximum 10,000 words) for peer review by 1 October 2018.

“Enforcing the Transition: The Demobilization of Collective Memory in Spain, 1979-1982,”  Bulletin of Hispanic Studies 92, no. 6 (2015): 673-695.


This article analyzes the efforts of grassroots actors in Spain to counter the persistent institutional biases and state-sponsored messages of the Francoist dictatorship following the democratization of municipal governments in 1979. By following struggles over appropriate democratic symbols, narratives and behaviors, the article demonstrates, first, that collective memory was vibrant as grassroots actors brought attention to the living legacies of the dictatorship. Continuing their long struggle for democracy, they pressured political elites to go beyond the modest reforms negotiated at the Transition’s outset. Second, it explains how the social networks where collective memories were articulated were progressively demobilized as elites legitimized and enforced the democratic settlement reached. The article, as such, counters the widely held view that the decision not to confront the past during the Transition was the result of broad consensus.

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Video Presentation, “Democracy’s Orphans: The Demobilization of Grassroots Movements during Spain’s Transition to Democracy, 1968-1986,” UC Society of Fellows in the Humanities Meeting, April 2014.

“Spanish Civil War Memory Project: Audiovisual Archive of the Francoist Repression,” Researcher, 2008-2010.

“The digital Archive of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship is an initiative of UCSD in collaboration with several Spanish civic associations, such as the ARMH (Asociación para la Recuperación de la Memoria Histórica), the Asociación de Ex-presos y Represaliados Políticos, the Federación Estatal de Foros por la Memoria and others. With the assistance of these human rights organizations, since the summer of 2007 several teams of graduate students have been recording audiovisual testimonies of militants, witnesses, and victims of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist repression.”

Click here to go to the Spanish Civil War Memory Project.

Selection of Spanish Civil War songs from Carretero, Concha. Testimony of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship. University of California, San Diego, 2008.